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The frontend of the Red Arrows Hawk at the National Museum of Flight

Top 10 things to see and do

Your aviation adventure at the National Museum of Flight starts here...

1. Meet supersonic superstar Concorde

You can’t miss Scotland's Concorde, surely the most distinctive passenger plane of all time. Climb on board this supersonic aircraft to discover what transatlantic flight was like for its passengers and crew and learn more about the legacy of this amazing aircraft.

View of under the wing of a Concorde aeroplane

Above: Scotland's Concorde.

2. Join the Jet Set

Follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous when you enter the UK's only surviving Boeing 707 cockpit and cabin. Discover how this iconic aircraft ushered in the age of commercial passenger travel and created the original 'jet set' of the 1960s.

Children and adults interacting with a display inside of an aeroplane.

Above: Join the jet set aboard our Boeing 707.

3. Climb on board a Comet

Step back in time when you step on board a number of aircraft around the museum, including a BAC 1-11 passenger aircraft and a 1962 de Havilland Comet. Please ask a member of staff for opening times.

A child sitting on a small hill. A larger group of people are in the distance standing outside of a Comet aeroplane.

Above: Climb on board the Comet and step back in time. Photo © Sean Bell.

4. Discover the history of East Fortune Airfield

Before it was home to the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield was one of the UK’s key military bases during the First and Second World Wars. Explore the historic site on foot and hear the personal stories of the people who worked at the base in our Fortunes of War gallery.

Three women exploring an interactive map in the Fortunes of War gallery,

Above: Explore an interactive map of the airfield in the Fortunes of War gallery.

5. Get hands-on in our interactive galleries

Packed with more than 25 hands-on interactives, kids big and small will love our hands-on gallery, Fantastic Flight. Discover how aircraft fly, how they are built and the skills needed to pilot them. Could you navigate your way around the world or land an airship? Discover more things for kids to do here.

An adult and two children interacting with a flight simulator game

Above: Family fun in the Fantastic Flight gallery.

6. Come face to face with famous aircraft

The National Museum of Flight is home to some of the most iconic aircraft ever to take to the skies. From the legendary Second World War Spitfire and the Cold War Vulcan bomber, to the Hawk, flown by the world-famous Red Arrows aerial display team.

Red Arrows Hawk aircraft inside a large hangar

Above: Don't miss the only Red Arrows Hawk on display in a UK museum. Photo © Ruth Armstrong Photography.

7. Learn about the First and Second World Wars

The museum holds world-class collections of Second World War aircraft and First World War artefacts. In our Military Aviation Hangar, examine the roles that aircraft have played in conflict and learn more about the people who designed and flew these incredible machines. In May, our Wartime Experience event brings wartime stories to life.

Spitfire in the Military Aviation Hangar

Above: See the iconic Spitfire in the Military Aviation Hangar.

8. Discover stories from the skies

From the famous derring-do of Captain Eric Brown to the bravery of the women who gave birth in an air ambulance, the interactive touchscreens in our Civil and Military Aviation Hangars let you hear from the people who built, piloted or travelled on our historic aircraft.

Captain Eric Brown with the Messerschmitt Komet

Above: Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown (1919-2016) at the National Museum of Flight, with the Messerschmitt Komet he flew in 1945. He was the only Allied pilot ever to fly a Komet with the rocket motor running.

9. Meet flight's biggest fans

Would you build an aircraft in your home? That's what John Sharp of Airdrie did! How did he do it? Find out in our Civil Aviation Hangar, where you'll discover the stories of people with a passion for flight.

Druine Turbulent aircraft built by John Sharp, with a photo of Sharp behind it.

Above: John Sharp's Druine Turbulent microlight plane, built in his home in Airdrie. Image © Neil Hanna.

10. Make a pit stop

Hungry after all that activity? Enjoy a picnic in our outdoor picnic area or visit our museum café and shop.

Cakes on the counter at the Aviator Cafe

Above: Tasty snacks in the Aviator Café.

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